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Tamara has been working in Georgian audiovisual sector since 2002. In 2004 she co-founded and served as Director of “Independent Filmmakers’ Association – South Caucasus”. She built an extensive network to promote South-Caucasian cinema on Regional and International levels. In 2010-2013 she worked as Director of Georgian National Film Center; initiating emergence of new wave of talented filmmakers. She contributed vastly to enhanced visibility of young talent and their international placement. Since 2011 she represents Georgia to EURIMAGES and European Film Promotion. Tamara is regular mentor at SOFA-School of Film Agents & collaborates with other training and co-production platforms. In 2017 Tamara produced feature film HOSTAGES (Georgia/Russia/Poland) that premiered at Berlinale and was national box office hit.
Co-founder of SOFA as well as the independent German film magazine “Schnitt” to which for many years he serves as a chef-editor. In 2014 he was appointed programme manager to the Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis. He also launched Europe’s first festival dedicated to film editing and montage, Filmplus. As part of the Berlinale Talents programme, he has created an international project for emerging film critics, Talent Press, which he is still in charge of.
Dr Renaud Redien-Collot (Ph.D., Columbia University, New York; Habilitation in Management, University of Reims Champagne Ardennes) is presently Senior Analyst at Institut Friedland, Paris-IdF Chamber of Commerce Think Tank. He is also Affiliated Researcher in the CNRS Laboratory REGARDS – Research in Economy & Management, Green Business, Healthcare & Sustainability (EA 6292), University of Reims Champagne Ardennes. As a member of the Board of Administration of the E. Roosevelt Foundation (1994-2000), he was in charge of 23 major projects that have stimulated the development of entrepreneurship education and the emergence of innovative start-ups in the USA and in Eastern Europe. In 2005, he has created the Master Programme in Entrepreneurship at Advancia and has become Advancia Deputy Director in 2008. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Board of Administration of Académie de l’Entrepreneuriat. In 2009, he has joined the Women Equity for Growth (WEG) Index project that has identified more than 20 indicators to rank every year the 50 best women led-businesses in France. Renaud was appointed as a Dell Small Business Awards Judge from 2010 to 2013. He is involved in several innovative projects in entrepreneurship education in the EU, such as Pépite in France (2011), 24h Chrono for Ph.D. students with ANRT (transferred in Australia in 2016), Zlin 24h Chrono in Czech Republic (2013), SOFA in Poland and Georgia (Creative Europe), Enspire EU in Denmark (2014). His research interests include innovation, entrepreneurship education and the renewal of SMEs’ business models in the EU. He is a reviewer for Feminist Economics and Journal of Small Business Management.
Juliane Schulze is Senior Partner at strategic financing consultancy peacefulfish and member of the board of Media Deals, a pan-European investor network being constituted of business angels and early-stage venture capital funds focusing on creative industries and digital media. In 2017, Juliane co-initiated the network initiative VRNext which brings together the worlds of Content, Technology, Distribution and Finance. As Executive Advisor with 30 years of experience in the creative industries, Juliane holds an extensive cross-industrial knowledge, specializing in financing and business consulting of technology driven entrepreneurs in the creative industries. As coach and mentor, she supports SMEs in business planning and in investment readiness. Juliane is guest lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin, Director of Investors Lab Berlin, and chairs EBN’S ‘Cultural, Creative and Digital Special Interest Group’. She is Fellow at the Competence Center Cultural and Creative Industries of the Federal Republic of Germany and currently manages for peacefulfish and Media Deals two EU projects focusing on sustainability, Green Screen (Interreg Europe) and CAST (Cosme).
Jonas Dornbach grew up in Perugia, Italy. From 2002 to 2009, he was managing director of his own company, Kinoherz. He completed his studies at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb) with the feature film „Auf Nummer Sicher?“ directed by David Dietl in 2006. The film was awarded the 2008 Studio Hamburg Prize in the category Best Feature Film. He has been a permanent producer at Komplizen Film since 2010 as well as a partner and managing director since 2014. Among many other films, he produced „Tabu“ by Miguel Gomes, a co-production that won the Alfred Bauer Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize in the Berlinale Competition 2012, „Hedi Schneider is Stuck“ by Sonja Heiss, which celebrated its premiere at the Berlinale. „Toni Erdmann“ by Maren Ade, which celebrated its premiere in the Cannes Competition 2016, won 5 European and 6 German Film Awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe, César, BAFTA and Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, „Western“ by Valeska Grisebach, which premiered in the section Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2017, „A Fantastic Woman“ by Sebastián Lelio, a co-production which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2018. “Synonymes” by Nadav Lapid a co-production which won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2019. “Skylines” created by Dennis Schanz a Netflix Original Series 2019. Jonas Dornbach is a member of the ACE and EAVE networks as well as the German, British and European Film Academies.
Having studied Economics in Brussels (ULB), Juliette Duret’s interest in working in film was stimulated by frequenting the Film Archive/ CINEMATEK in Brussels. She began working as a production assistant in Barcelona and in 1992 became Coordinator for Wallonie Bruxelles Images, promoting films by the French-speaking community at international film festivals. In 2001 she completed a professional development program at les Entrepreneurs de l’Audiovisuel (EAVE) before becoming Head of Wallonie Bruxelles Images. She then moved to the Centre for Fine Arts (CFA – BOZAR Brussels), where she was Coordinator and Film Curator from 2006 to 2013. Since 2013, she has been Head of the Film Department at BOZAR and a member of its Management Team.
She has been a member of the European Film Academy since 2006 and is a member of the Académie André Delvaux (Magritte Awards). She has participated in numerous committees for project evaluation and schools and has sat on several juries at international film festivals.